UPDATE, 10:07 P.M.: The tornado watch for Montague, Cooke and Grayson counties has been extended until midnight.
ORIGINAL POST: Tonight will likely be one of those nights that keeps the crew at the Grayson County Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center on the tips of their toes.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a tornado watch until 10 p.m. for more that 45 Texas counties including Denton, Cooke, Grayson, Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant.
NWS Meteorologist Jason Godwin said they were already seeing some storms in Southwest Oklahoma and Northwest Texas earlier in the afternoon. He said the time frame for any storms in Grayson County would probably be closer to the evening after around 6 p.m.
“With that we could see damaging winds over 60 miles per hour and hail that is larger than two inches in diameter,” Godwin said. He added that there could be another round of watches and warnings issued for Friday.
“They are still working out some of the uncertainty with that,” he said. However, he added, that any storms that do develop on Friday could have the potential for large hail and windy gusts. The potential for a tornado will also exist.
Godwin said it is important to remain aware any time that the NWS issues these watches and warnings no matter how many times the rough weather misses a particular area.
He said the certainty is stronger with the predictions for rough weather in this area this time around than it was last time.
He said with the Canton storms in April, the storms started developing more to the east. Today, the storms have started developing to the west and are expected to track east.
And the possibility exists for storms again on Friday, with the main threats once again being large hail and damaging winds. However, the possibility will remain for tornadoes. A cold front moving into the area will spark the storms and could cause heavy rainfall, especially on Saturday. The chances for storms continues through the middle of next week for North and Central Texas.